Epidemic Warning Law! (Kaliah's Law) Pass Washington State HB1139 and SB5228!
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Epidemic Warning Law! (Kaliah's Law) Pass Washington State HB1139 and SB5228!

    1. Kennetha Scott
    2. Petition by

      Kennetha Scott

      Mukilteo, WA

Tell us when there is a contagious disease of epidemic proportions in our community! Pass Washington state HB 1139, and SB 5228 - Epidemic Warning Law!
Here is the link to the official House Bill. It is also on it's way to the Senate here in Washington state.


There is no one funded to, or responsible for, telling the public in the event of an epidemic of any reportable contagious disease in their community, in Washington State, or any other state.
Not the Center for Disease Control (CDC), not the Department of Health (DOH), and not the Department of the Health and Human Services (HHS); no one. They can wait until it is over, and never say anything at all.

If it is not in writing, it does not happen! No funding, no warning! This puts it in writing!

Tell us when there is a contagious disease of epidemic proportions in our community!


As a citizen, I expect to be informed if there is a communicable disease at epidemic levels in my neighborhood, or my state. A Public Health Warning notice, in the form of a low cost post card should be sent to all households, businesses and Post Office Boxes in the affected area. This should happen as soon as any reportable communicable disease reaches the epidemic threshold, which is predetermined by the state Department of Health, in conjunction with the CDC. These same diseases require you must report that you have it to the DOH, yet they do not have to share what they have gathered with us. And they didn't share it until we initiated the public service announcements ourselves, three months into the worst epidemic in decades.

We were told to go to the private sector to raise money to tell the public here in Washington state after Kaliah died. Contagious diseases don't acknowledge state borders, so it should be a national law, but Congressman Rick Larsen says it is unconstitutional to ask for a national law, so we need one for each state.

Kaden's Law in Illinois http://www.change.org/petitions/illinois-doh-warn-us-when-epidemics-are-in-our-community, and

Sebanna's Law in Oregon
http://www.change.org/petitions/oregon-doh-warn-us-when-epidemics-are-in-our-community

Collin's Law in Michigan

http://www.change.org/petitions/michigan-doh-warn-us-when-epidemics-are-in-our-community


Read more here about Kaliah: http://kennethaskorner.weebly.com/
Our goal is to create an identical law in each state, until it is a national law.
Each state will have a child honored who died to a preventable disease by naming the law after them.

Here is the beginning of the law itself:


Support the bill sponsored by Representative Mary Helen Roberts:

An Act Relating to public notification of local health conditions"

Christopher Blake 360-786-7392 House Health Care Committee December 12, 2012 (9:45 AM) AN Act Relating to public notification of local health conditions; and adding a new section to chapter 70.05 RCW. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON: NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 43.70 RCW to read as follows: (1) By January 1, 2014, the department shall establish guidance for local health jurisdictions to consider while developing community health alert notification plans. The guidance shall assist local health jurisdictions with the adoption of community health alert notification plans by addressing components of the plan including the: (a) Methods for monitoring the incidence of notifiable conditions within the local health jurisdiction and determining when the incidence of notifiable conditions exceeds the rate that would be expected within the particular jurisdiction; and (b) Manner and content for informing the public within the local health jurisdiction's territory as notifiable conditions exceed the rate that would be expected. The department shall identify factors to consider when determining the appropriate level of public notification such as the risk to the public from the notifiable condition, the duration of the higher incidence of the notifiable condition, the extent of the increased incidence, the cost-effectiveness of various options, and the balancing of the need to keep the public informed without creating either undue concern or diminished receptivity to severe public health risks. (2) In developing the guidelines, the department shall establish a temporary work group of public health officials, representatives of local media establishments, and the public. (3) For purposes of this section, (a) "Local health jurisdiction" means a county board of health organized under chapter 70.05 RCW, a health district organized under chapter 70.46 RCW, or a combined city and county health department organized under chapter 70.08 RCW. (b) "Notifiable condition" means a disease or condition that the state board of health has determined to be of public health importance and must be reported to either the local health officer or the department. NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 70.05 RCW to read as follows: (1) By July 1, 2014, each local board of health shall adopt a community health alert notification plan that establishes the method by which the local health department, health district, or combined city and county health department shall keep the public who reside in its jurisdiction informed of variations in the incidence of notifiable conditions that exceed the rate that would be expected. The plan shall address the elements identified in section 1 and shall give consideration to the guidance established by the department. (2) The plan shall be made available to the public on the web site of each local health department. --- END ---




 



Original Text - There is currently no law or even requirement, for the CDC or any Government Health Agency to tell the citizens there is an epidemic in their area. The current policy is to inform Health Care Providers and used "earned media" from deaths and clinics to share the CDC recommendations and Health Departments epidemic message. People are unknowingly walking around in the middle of an epidemic and they do not say anything on the Department of Health Website. The Washington DOH said, "if every county doesn't have an epidemic, we can't say anything." The Health Department said that they and the Department of Health didn't agree as to the definition of epidemic. The CDC said, "Unfortunately, these outbreaks help us do our job" The state wouldn't call the CDC because they would only come for a week to help. They all said there is no money for sending out an epidemic warning! There is nothing in place to monitor and react at a national level in the event of an epidemic! A master plan should be created as to the definition of an epidemic and an automatic notice sent out once that level is reached to any household or business in the area.
It is a law that we have to tell them if we have a contagious disease, but they do not have to tell us anything! Please make them send each household in the epidemic area a public health notice, explaining the situation and recommended steps to follow.
Washington State Congressman Rick Larsen said, "I think it's an excellent idea!"
For more information visit my blog @ http://kennethaskorner.weebly.com/

Senator Paull Shin is also working on legislation, we will keep you posted!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Please contact the members of the Rules Committee

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Please contact the members of the Rules Committee to let them know you would like them to pull HB 1139 (Kaliah's Law) to the House floor. Just click the link!

      http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Committees/RUL/Pages/MembersStaff.aspx

    2. Please contact these legislators in Washington state. Click link for info

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Please send something along these lines to the Washington state Senators, both Republican and Democrat alike. Hello, I would like to request your support of an epidemic warning law that would require a notice be sent in the event of epidemic levels of any deadly, contagious, disease. HB 1139 and SB 5228 should not be partisan. Epidemics do not recognize, party, county or even state lines. They already record cases of these diseases, Make them share the information they are recording as soon as an area reaches epidemic proportions. Make them tell you it is in your neighborhood before it is at record breaking numbers. Here is the link to the members of the Washington state Senate Health Committee- Please, email and call away for Kaliah's Law! http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/HLTH/Pages/MembersStaff.aspx

    3. Kaliah's Law HB 1139 Hearing on Friday at 1:30PM PST

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Kaliah's Law HB 1139 Hearing on Friday at 1:30PM PST
      Those of you with a Washington state address can now add comments right onto the webpage Kaliah's Bill is listed on! Click the link and then click the "Comment on this Bill" button at the top!

      http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1139&year=2013#documents

    4. We have moved Kaliah's Law in Washington to a new Facebook page!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      As we phase from Epidemic to Law, we have moved Kaliah's Law in Washington to a new Facebook page!

      Please like Kaliah's Law - WA Facebook page!
      Thanks for making this become a reality! Without your support there would be no HB 1139, or Kaliah's Law to vote on!

      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kaliahs-Law-WA/316544111791083

      Kaliah's Law - WA

      Kaliah's Law - WA. 8 likes · 0 talking about this.

    5. 10 Co-sponsors found for HB 1139, Kaliah's Law!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      We have 10 Co-Sponsors fro HB 1139! Kaliah's Law:
      Representatives Roberts, Walsh, Green, Moscoso, Jinkins, Liias, Fitzgibbon, Morrell, Ryu, Riccelli, Santos

      Here is link to status of the Bill:
      http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1139&year=2013

    6. Kaliah's Law now has a number! HB 1139

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Washington state residents!! Please share and support!

      Kaliah's Law now has a number – HB 1139. There is another window of opportunity for supporters of the bill who live in Washington State to contact their own House members and ask them to support HB 1139. Sponsored by Representative, Mary Helen Roberts. That's it.

      For this bill to pass, we need 50 votes in the House, 25 in the Senate and the signature of the governor.

      CLICK HERE FOR YOUR WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATORS EMAIL AND PHONE INFO
      http://apps.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/

    7. Draft of Kaliah's Law writting by the WA state House Health Care Committee

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      N ACT Relating to ---; and adding a new section to chapter 70.05 RCW.

      BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

      NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 43.70 RCW to read as follows:

      (1) By January 1, 2014, the department shall establish guidance for local health jurisdictions to consider while developing community health alert notification plans. The guidance shall assist local health jurisdictions with the adoption of community health alert notification plans by addressing components of the plan including the:

      (a) Methods for monitoring the incidence of notifiable conditions within the local health jurisdiction and determining when the incidence of notifiable conditions exceeds the rate that would be expected within the particular jurisdiction; and .....to see more follow this link: http://kennethaskorner.weebly.com/kennethas-korner-updates.html

    8. BRIEFING IN OLYMPIA, ATTENTION ALL SUPPORTERS!!! ACTION REQUESTED!!!!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      ATTENTION ALL SUPPORTERS!!! ACTION REQUESTED!!!!

      PLEASE INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS TO THIS EVENT!
      https://www.facebook.com/events/417534894967392/

      A briefing will be held about the whooping cough epidemic during the assembly Days that ar
      e scheduled for November 29th and 30th. The Health Care and Wellness Committee is scheduled to meet on Friday, November 30th at 10:00 in House Hearing Room B in the John L O’Brien House Office Building in Olympia.. The public is welcome to attend, but testimony or questions from the audience are not usually included.
      You can contact Rep. Cody at (360) 786-7978 or email at eileen.cody@leg.wa.gov or the committee staff person, Chris
      Blake, if you wish to have any input. Mr. Blake may be reached at chris.blake@leg.wa.gov or 360-786-7392.

      Besides inviting ALL of your friends to this event, here is all we ask:

      PLEASE EMAIL (you can cut and paste) AND/OR CALL
      AND SHARE THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE:

      Representati

    9. Illinois Law in works! Kaden's Law, identical to Kaliah's Law for Illinois!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Kaden's Law in Illinois https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Whooping-Cough-Illinois/342294822511408, and
      Kaliah's Law in Washington state. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Whooping-Cough-Washington/155649037851216?ref=hl

      Read more here about Kaliah and Kaden: http://kennethaskorner.weebly.com/
      Our goal is to create an identical law in each state, until it is a national law.
      Each state will have a child honored who died to a preventable disease by naming the law after them. Please help us contact Illinois legislators and ask for Kaden's Law. Here is the link to the Illinois legislator's, please call and send them emails as often as you can!
      http://www.elections.illinois.gov/districtlocator/districtofficialsearchbyaddress.aspx

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. Down to 5 votes!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      WE are down to 5 votes on our petition! Then the letters go out! I will keep you posted on our progress! Thanks so much for your support!

    12. We have changed the goal to 1000 signatures! 53 more to go, please vote!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      We are down to just 53 votes ot go before our letters go out to all the legislators, Please share and vote to have Kaliah's law in your state, Make it a requirement for the Department of Health to send citizens a warning notice if there is an epidemic in their area!

    13. PBS is doing a story about Whooping Cough and Chelsey and Kaliah's story!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone! I have been waiting for some good news to share. PBS is doing a story about Whooping Cough and Chelsey and Kaliah's story will be a part of it!

      Let's give them something to say and increase the shares and votes and emails! I know we can do better, we have only gotten 35 more votes on our bill in the last week.

      We still need 1600 votes, Please help us, there are only 13 more days to reach our goal! Then the letters go out to the legislators from change.org!

      http://www.change.org/petitions/require-doh-send-notice-to-citizens-in-epidemic-area-kaliah-s-bill

    14. Nurses Who Vaccinate proudly supports Kaliah’s Law

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Nurses Who Vaccinate proudly supports Kaliah’s Law which would notify communities and citizens of ongoing epidemics in their neighborhood. Once alerted, residents could seek information from their medical physicians and their State Department of Health, regarding boosters and proper precautions. Nurses are essential in public health education and prevention - Kaliah’s Law is an excellent intervention for pro-active nurses to support - The death of an infant reminds us there are vulnerable people in our community and the only way to protect them and prevent future casualties, is if everybody is vaccinated.

    15. Thanks, keep up the calls to legislators! Join 27 Days for Kaliah!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      The Petition is at 900 signatures
      The Event is at:
      Going (841)
      Maybe (87)
      Invited (13,429)
      Many people have sent emails to their legislators in Kaliah's name

    16. Here is what we need you to do to make this happen!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      They waited 3 months after the Whooping cough epidemic started! They waited until in their own words "It was the worst epidemic in 40 years! Now in their own words, it is the worst epidemic in 70 years. Don't you think they should have told us sooner? Three things we need:

      #1. Sign the Change.org petition here:
      http://www.change.org/petitions/require-doh-send-notice-to-citizens-in-epidemic-area-kaliah-s-bill

      #2. Go to the event page and select your home state Stop Whooping Cough Facebook page to find the link to your local legislators

      https://www.facebook.com/events/331129430305528/

      #3. Click the link to call or send an email to your local legislators, telling them you want Kaliah's Law in your state. Say or send something like this:

      "I want Kaliah's Law in my state. I want to be sent a notification as soon as an epidemic reaches my community. I don't want to find out after it is too late to do anything to protect my family from any communicable disease."

    17. Reached 750 signatures
    18. CDC: Whooping cough epidemic worst in 50 years

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      I am Chelsey Charles' aunt and since Kaliahs death I have been trying to figure out why and how to stop it from happening to anyone else. I promise you, it isn't the anti vaccine community on this one, I researched and found the root cause.
      It is because adults were given a shot as a child they were told would last a lifetime and then never told that it really only lasted 5 years.
      When the vaccine was made safer in the 1990's it was also rendered less effective and not as long lasting. This message that the vaccine was not as originally advertised never went out to the people that had received these shots,. They have known since the 1990s that it wears off and that is why they created Tdap in 2005.
      Again, the message was not given to those who had received the shot they were told they could only have once per lifetime. Tdap also wears off, but they say one per lifetime.
      With 8.2 percent of all adults in the nation UNKNOWINGLY UNVACCINATED, we wonder why we are having epidemics!

    19. 27 Days for Kaliah! Please share with as many people as possible!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      July 20th marks the first day of Kaliah's short but powerful life! She was only here for 27 days and we want to make each day count! We begin our 27 days for Kaliah on July 20th and go until August 16th, the day she left us. Each day in the drive, our goal is to get at least 100 signatures on Kaliah's bill to show public support, and send at least 10 comments to legislators in your local area. No matter what state! We Will post links at the top of each of our 50 pages to list the phone numbers, email addresses and mailing addresses to the legislators in that state with a sample of what we want to say. Please choose your state and vote and send as many messages as possible between those dates to let them know we want to know if there is an epidemic in our community, and we want them to share the fact that the Whooping Cough vaccines wear off in around 5 years with all citizens, so everyone knows they need to be vaccinated every 5 years in order to end Whooping Cough in our country.

    20. Alarming whooping cough infection rates in many states

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Six U.S. states have whooping cough infection rates higher than California had during its epidemic in 2010. California saw 22 cases of pertussis per 100,000 of population during 2010. Through July 5, Wisconsin has a rate of 50.7 cases per 100,000, more than double the epidemic rate in California.

    21. Senator Paull Shin working on legislation for January 2013!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Let him know you want Kaliah's law to make them tell us there is an epidemic in our community!

    22. Paul Offit supports Kaliah's law!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Paul is one of the leading national experts on vaccine and it on board with this law! He is on record saying he completely agrees with it!

    23. WA Senator Maria Cantwell's office called to update us on the CDC actions

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      I received a call from her assistant on the Health Committee over a week ago. She called to offer condolences and let us know the CDC has three researchers here working on the epidemic. She said they were concentrating on pregnant women. She was going to speak to Senator Cantwell about our bill, and to call her back in a week. I called back a week later and she said she hadn't gotten a chance to speak to her about it yet and to call her back in a week. Hmmm, sounds familiar, do all Senators have trouble responding, even during epidemics?

    24. Question to Rick Larsen!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Adam from your office said he was going to get back to me last week. He has not done that. I sent you the recording of you saying our bill was an excellent idea! Why won't you respond? I have done everything your people have told me to do and still I get no response! The reason for the epidemic in Washington state is because most adults are not vaccinated against Pertussis because they don't know the childhood vaccine they received wore off. Less than 10% of adults nationwide are vaccinated against Pertussis. The CDC and DOH should be sharing this type of information as well as when there is an epidemic with the public and they are not! They only tell health care providers!
      http://www.change.org/petitions/bill-to-require-cdc-notice-to-citizens-in-epidemic-area-kaliah-s-bill

    25. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Mary Zweber MARYSVILLE, WA
      • 2 months ago

      why take the risk of another baby going through what Kaliah endured.

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    • Lonnie L Jager EVERSON, WA
      • 4 months ago

      I have grandchildren & great grandchildren. If it will help get them, I'm all for it!

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    • Sarah Khayat AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      Stop and think if it was your child what would you dot onto only protect your child but every child born. Give every baby born a better chance

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    • Tracey DesRoches CHILLIWACK, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      To save the lives of our most precious gifts in life...our children. Please pass Kaliah's law...OUR CHILDREN ARE TOO VALUABLE TO LOOSE and more than worth every penny spent on informing the public of contagious diseases of epidemic proportions...YOU CANNOT PUT A PRICE ON OUR BEAUTIFUL BABIE'S LIFES, THEY ARE PRICELESS!!!!!!

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    • Cailla Brehmer CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
      • 9 months ago

      PICU nurse

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